This article is sponsored by the University of St. Gallen, a leading European business school based in Eastern Switzerland.Check out their international MBA program1. Glencore International Fortune 500 Rank: 14Industry: CommoditiesCity: BarrWhile Glencore International may not be a household name, this commodities company is 14th in the overall Fortune Global 500 ranking and the highest ranked Swiss company. The world\u0027s largest commodities trader, Glencore International makes and trades the bulk commodities (metals, minerals, oil, cotton, coal, jet fuel, crude oil, gasoline) that power industries throughout the world. Glencore employs over 60,000 people. Their global marketing operations are made up of 3,000 people working in 40 countries, and their industrial operations employs 58,000 people in 33 countries.2. NestléFortune 500 Rank: 14Industry: Food \u0026 beverageCity: VeveyAs the number 1 player in the food industry, Nestlé\u0027s portfolio covers almost every branch of the food and beverage industry. Nestlé\u0027s brands include Jenny Craig, Gerber, Stouffer’s, Dreyer’s, Haagen-Dazs, Purina, PowerBar, Perrier, and Poland Spring. They are also one of the biggest frozen pizza producers as well as one of the biggest players in the pet industry. Nestlé has been headquartered in Vevey on since 1867. Nestlé\u0027s Vevey workforce is made up of people from 85 different countries.3. NovartisFortune 500 Rank: 157Industry: Pharmaceuticals, vaccines, consumer healthCity: BaselNovartis was created in 1996 when Ceiba-Geigy merged with Sandoz, a leading manufacturer of generic drugs. While pharmaceuticals make up Novartis\u0027 largest division, their consumer health division makes several well-known products including Excedrin, Theraflu, and Maalox. Employees from over 80 countries work at Novartis\u0027 Basel headquarters, which includes a cafe, public green spaces, shops, and a fitness center. The campus is currently in the process of a redesign to replace obsolete buildings with ones that are more energy efficient and environmentally responsible.4. Zurich Insurance GroupFortune 500 Rank: 178Industry: InsuranceCity: ZurichZurich Insurance Group provides general and life insurance products for clients ranging from individuals and small businesses. to companies and multi-national corporations. While you may not know Zurich Insurance Group, you have probably seen their company Farmer\u0027s Insurance advertised on TV. Based out of LA, Farmer\u0027s Insurance provides home, auto, commercial and life insurance. Zurich Insurance Group currently has 60,000 employees working in over 170 counties.5. Roche GroupFortune 500 Rank: 192Industry: Pharmaceuticals and diagnosticsCity: BaselIn addition to making prescription drugs such as Tamiflu, Roche Group\u0027s diagnostics division produces clinical lab supplies, genetic tests, and diabetes monitoring equipment. Roche\u0027s products are sold in over 180 countries. Headquartered in Basel, Roche has 150 subsidiaries, and two divisions, including the biotechnology company Genentech.6. Credit SuisseFortune 500 Rank: 204Industry: Financial servicesCity: ZurichOne of Switzerland’s top financial services firms, Credit Suisse offers investment management, private banking, asset management. Internationally these these services are provided through the Credit Suisse brand, but within Switzerland they are provided by the subsidiary Clariden Leu. In addition to operating over 200 retail branches in Switzerland, Credit Suisse has operations in over 50 countries.7. UBS AGFortune 500 Rank: 215Industry: Financial servicesCity: ZurichUBS is a global financial services company which provides wealth and asset management, and investment banking products to corporate, private, and institutional clients. In Switzerland, UBS also offers retail and commercial banking. UBS was created as a result of the 1997 merger of Union Bank of Switzerland and Swiss Bank.8. ABB GroupFortune 500 Rank: 273Industry: Power and automation engineeringCity: ZurichWith operations in 100 countries, ABB Group employs 124,000 people. ABB\u0027s portfolio includes a wide range of power and robotics products ranging from power switches to to control systems which control entire factories. Their major product lines include switchgears, electronic control and supply units for variable speed drives and other applications and transformers. ABB\u0027s headquarters lie in outskirts of Zurich in Oerlikon -- halfway between the airport and the city center.9. Alliance BootsFortune 500 Rank: 274Industry: Wholesale pharmaceuticals, retail drugstore and beautyCity: ZugAlliance Boots is Europe\u0027s leading drug wholesaler, supplying over 170,000 pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics in 20 countries including China. On the retail side, Alliance Boots operates 3,300 pharmacies and health and beauty supply stores in the UK and ten other countries. Boots UK is the leading retail pharmacy chain in the UK. US drugstore chain Walgreen\u0027s currently has a 45% stake in Alliance Boots -- the first step as part of a three year merger.10. Xstrata plcFortune 500 Rank: 325Industry: MiningCity: ZugXstrata is one of the largest mining and minerals companies in the world. Copper is their largest segment and accounts for 45% of overall sales. Xstrata is also one of the world\u0027s largest producers of ferrochrome and vanadium -- coal by-products used in the manufacture of stainless steel. With operations in over 20 countries, Xstrata employs 70,000 people.11. Coop GroupFortune 500 Rank: 364Industry: RetailCity: BaselCoop Group is a Swiss retail chain and one of Switzerland\u0027s largest retailers. In addition to operating 800 supermarkets and megastores throughout Switzerland, Coop also owns the Switzerland\u0027s second largest department store chain (Coop City).12. Adecco GroupFortune 500 Rank: 387Industry: StaffingCity: GlattbruggAs you would expect from the world\u0027s largest employment agency, Adecco has 100,000 clients and 5,500 offices throughout the world. While Adecco\u0027s main business is temporary staffing, they also offer permanent employee placement, outsourcing and other HR-related services. In addition to general office staffing, Adecco also has six professional lines.13. Swiss ReFortune 500 Rank: 394Industry: ReinsuranceCity: ZurichWhile Swiss Re is based in Zurich, 40% of their revenues come from the Americas. The company specializes in writing reinsurance for property/casualty and life and health insurers. They have offices in over 20 countries and sell their products worldwide via direct sales and distributors.14. MigrosFortune 500 Rank: 396Industry: RetailCity: ZurichMigros is Switzerland\u0027s number one retailer and runs ten regional cooperatives. Not only is Migros more popular than Coop, they also have stores in other European countries and run a more diverse array of businesses. In addition to running retail stores like Migros and Ex Libris, Migros operates banks (Migros Bank), hotels (Hotelplan), and gas stations (Migrol).15. HolcimFortune 500 Rank: 396Industry: ConcreteCity: JonaHolcim is one of the world\u0027s largest cement makers, producing a whopping 200 million tons of cement each year. Operating in 70 countries worldwide, Holcim has subsidiaries in Canada, the UK, Australia and Mexico. This article is sponsored by the University of St. Gallen, a leading European business school based in Eastern Switzerland.